WINTER TEACHINGS 2016-2017: Finding Peace and Happiness in Everyday Life
WINTER TEACHING: BODHISATTVA’S WAY OF LIFE
TEACHING THREE: Bringing Enthusiasm into Daily Life
Recognising the advantages of having this Human body and Mind, we realise that just as there is no movement in nature without wind, we can learn to train our Minds not just for a few days but during each moment. We can then face the challenges of daily life as opportunities for joyfulness, with the freedom to make changes. Recognising how everything is interconnected gives us the increased power and ability to make clearer choices.
The motivation and determination to release our attachments to old negative feelings and attitudes can bring us to a place of harmony and respectful appreciation of others without fear but with increasing equanimity.
The Venerable Acharya Panchen Ötrul Rinpoche will teach on finding Peace and Happiness in Daily Life using the text:
The Bodhisattva’s Way of Life by Shantideva
Where would I possibly find enough leather
With which to cover the surface of the earth?
But (just) leather on the soles of my shoes
Is equivalent to covering the earth with it.
Likewise it is not possible for me
To restrain the external course of things;
But should I restrain this mind of mine
What would be the need to restrain all else?
–excerpted from Shantideva’s The Bodhisattva’s Way of Life
This text is the essence and at the Heart of the Tibetan Buddhist Path. It explains how step by step, by training and transforming the mind, our own full human potential can be gained. It is a very beautiful text, and of great fundamental benefit to any one wishing to develop their own spirituality; it also is of value for everyone seeking to be free of problems and fear.
Ven. Rinpoche will teach on how it is possible to gently integrate these teachings into our everyday life. By guiding us through the vital points of this seminal text, Ven. Rinpoche will explain clearly how we are able to achieve both present and future happiness in our lives, with confidence and ease in each moment.
A Bodhisattva is that person who aspires, through commitment and determination, to reach the highest of all Spiritual achievements: the Infinite Compassion and Wisdom of the Enlightened Mind. This is achieved not solely for one’s own benefit, but for the benefit of all beings with total equanimity. The Bodhisattva serves as a light for those in darkness, bringing compassionate wisdom to every relationship in the world and to all beings they encounter.
As we slowly learn to actualise these teachings in our life, the mind becomes relaxed, less stressed and more peaceful, fostering a sense of deep contentment, well-being and happiness.
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